Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Being home builders, we at Hammer & Hand spend a lot of our time doing remodels, new homes, and the occasional commercial TI in Portland and Seattle. Though we pride ourselves on being top-notch builders and good members of our communities, it’s not often that we get to be involved in a project that is designed around the concept of community building itself. Working on the Alder Commons community kitchen build-out was a rare treat for us, and one that meant a lot to many members of our team.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit space designed to facilitate multigenerational, multicultural community building and personal growth. They provide a place for self-directed learning in classes and workshops on a wide range of topics and for a diverse array of peoples. From cooking classes to bookshelf building, art courses to homeschool hangouts for kids in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a community crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-improvement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages community of self-directed learners. We aim to reduce barriers between youth and adults of diverse backgrounds by providing an accessible and inclusive space for them to share knowledge and resources.” (source: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons team approached Hammer & Hand about building their community kitchen space, we were thrilled for the opportunity to bring their dream to life. The project was designed by Communitecture, a

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Remodeling contractors are less busy in winter.

Why Winter Is a Good Time to Start a Home Improvement Project

Many people think spring or summer is the ideal time to complete home remodeling in Brookline, MA. While these seasons are busy for remodeling contractors, it isn’t necessarily the only time you should consider remodeling your home. Winter can be an excellent time to request remodeling services in Massachusetts for several reasons.

Frozen Ground and Dry Air Is Ideal for Digging


It seems counterintuitive, but the frozen ground and dry air make ideal digging conditions. Muddy ground and damp air common in spring and summer can slow the digging and curing processes, resulting in more extended renovation times. You will find your home remodeling in Brookline, MA, is done much faster when you opt for a winter project.


Take Advantage of the Slow Season


Remodeling contractors in Brookline typically have fewer projects lined up during the winter months. If you’re ready to remodel your home, winter means you can schedule it much sooner than waiting for spring or summer. You will be ahead of others’ projects and may also qualify for reduced rates. 


Prepare Your Outdoor Space


Remodeling contractors are less busy in winter.

Take advantage of the slow season for remodeling contractors.

Homeowners want to enjoy their outdoor spaces once the weather gets warmer in the spring and summer. Requesting remodeling services in Massachusetts in the winter allows you to plan for and prepare your outdoor space so it’s ready to use when the weather warms up. You can stay warm and cozy doing indoor activities while your remodeling contractors work on your home, and

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Gettysburg High School construction project to resume as classes begin | Local News

Gettysburg Area High School students will return to classes on Aug. 23 in a building that is still under construction but safe, Principal Jeremy Lusk told the school board last week.

The high school is undergoing a $17.9 million renovation project, primarily driven by a $16.5 million heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) overhaul. The board approved the project in January. It also includes a sprinkler system nitrogen purge, new toilet partitions and repairs to the library steps.

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Natural Tapestry: Indoor Vertical Gardens in Different Project Types

Natural Tapestry: Indoor Vertical Gardens in Different Project Types

Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature, regardless of the physical or geographical conditions in which we find ourselves. As we become increasingly detached from the wilderness, we develop means and strategies to bring nature back into our daily lives, even if only for a few moments.

There are many ways of domesticating nature, as seen throughout the history of mankind, through fascinating structures that challenge technical limitations, such as vertical indoor gardens.

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Some say that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were the first-ever vertical gardens in history. According to one legend, a king erected an ascending series of tiered gardens, supported by stone pillars and platforms containing a wide variety of plants, creating a pensile paradise that resembled a large green mountain, all to gratify his queen, who was fond of a mountainous landscape. Whether this is true or not, the point is that the desire to domesticate nature has always been a part of man’s imagination in many different ways.

Today, when we talk about vertical gardens, what comes to mind is nothing like the majestic Wonders of the Ancient World but rather a reflection of our present lifestyles and our relationship with nature.

The lack of space is a major issue of our times, and vertical indoor gardens have taken on an important

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